DIY or Professional Nickel Plating?

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Phil Newsome, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Phil Newsome

    Phil Newsome Guest

    Currently dismantling a 1961 A7SS ready for restoration.

    It's my first project so I'm sorry if this has been asked before.

    Many of the Chrome plated bolt heads are pitted and need attention.

    I've noticed that you can get Electoplating and Chemical Plating kits
    to do Nickel plating at home.

    Does anyone know if this is cost effective and safe? What do most
    restorers do? DIY or professional platers?

    Thanks for any assistance.

    Honda VTR1000 SP2
    BSA A7SS Shooting Star (Soon!)
    Phil Newsome, Feb 29, 2004
  2. Phil Newsome

    Rick Maninov Guest

    My 2p on this one is forget the cheapo home nickle plating kits, bite the
    bullet/chequebook and get the chromework re-chromed professionaly. At best
    nickle plating looks inferior and doesn't last anything like chrome.
    I'm curious as to where there are chrome plated bolts on your Shooting Star?
    I remember lots of chrome but not on bolts.
    Are they perhaps something non-std fitted by a previous owner?

    [The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation]
    H.D. Therou.
    [particularly BSA owners]
    Rick Maninov, Feb 29, 2004
    keith.brettell, Mar 1, 2004
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  4. fit stainless bolts... Company called Steve's Stainless does all manner of
    stainless bolts in all sorts of threads.
    Austin Shackles, Mar 1, 2004
  5. Phil Newsome

    'Hog Guest

    Wouldn't be concours then though, would it.
    Come to think of it, having the chrome/nickel done in a high quality
    corrosion resistant manner would probably disqualify it too.
    'Hog, Mar 1, 2004
  6. <snigger>

    I gather stainless/alloy makes for corrosion. Mind, so does ordinary steel
    and alloy.
    Austin Shackles, Mar 1, 2004
  7. Phil Newsome

    'Hog Guest

    There are specific grease for this application I think as with
    Can't vouch for it personally though.
    'Hog, Mar 1, 2004
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